Sidewinders Ranch 2019 Mardi Gras Pageant Packet
Date of Competition: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 8pm
Packets due: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9pm
Judging Information from Prior Competitions
Thank you for your consideration of being a contestant in the 2019 Mardi Gras Pageant to be held at Sidewinders Ranch (Bar) and Cabaret Theater. It will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Deciding to take part in the 2019 Mardi Gras Pageant should require careful thought and consideration from each contestant. As a Titleholder of this competition, you will be representing not only this Competition, but also the Cabaret Theater and Sidewinders. During your one-year reign, you will help promote this competition and to help this competition grow and attract more contestants the next year.
Those interested in competing for one of the titles of Monarch, King, or Queen must read the entire competition packet. Please forward any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The information here available so anyone interested in competing will know the requirements of this competition and the obligations as a Titleholders. Head Promoter of this competition is Renato Estacio, Artistic Director. Co-Promoters are previous titleholders, especially Lilith Stargazer, Queen of Mardi Gras 2018.
The following three titles are available for adults 21 and over:
Monarch: an individual who is non-binary, gender neutral or a gender other than male or female.
King: an individual who identifies as a male.
Queen: an individual who identifies as a female.
Contestants are required to arrive at the times below. Failure to do so will result in deduction points.
Start time is 8pm. Must be on premises and checked-in with event stage manager one-hour before event start time.
COMPETITION CATEGORIES AND JUDGING CRITERIA
Each contestant will be competing in 3 categories.
Each contestant will be given a maximum of 6 minutes to exhibit any skill, hobby, or performance to present to the audience and judges. Each contestant will be scored on creativity, talent and presentation. Each contestant will be allowed to include up to four additional individuals (i.e., backup dancers, performers, prop assistants, etc.) during their talent.
Creative Wear and Mask
Each contestant will be required to model clothing and a mask (available for pick-up at the bar starting 2/27/19) suitable for Mardi Gras events. Contestants will be required to model on stage and in front of the judges.
On-Stage Question & Answer
Immediately after showcasing their Creative Wear, each contestant is required to, a) approach the on-stage microphone to meet with the emcee, b) introduce themselves, c) pick from the random questions the emcee will provide, d) give a 1 minute response, and e) exit the stage. Each contestant will be judged on, a) the content of their answer, b) the ability to speak readily, clearly, and effectively, and c) their stage presence.
Each contestant will change into attire they wish to wear for the awards. Each contestant will be given a final introduction. During this introduction the contestant will make a final walk across the stage and join the contestant line-up toward the back of the stage. The winner for each title will be announced in the same order the titles were presented during the competition. After the winner for a title is announced, that winner will be crowned and will walk the stage. Afterwards, that winner will move to a predetermined section of the stage to allow the new title winner to be announced and crowned.
Once all of the new Titleholders have been medaled the emcee will introduce the winners. Further, the emcee will give thanks and appreciation for the audience, judges, and staff of the Mardi Gras Pageant and the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders Bar.
SELECTION OF JUDGES
The Promoter of the Competition will select a panel of 3 - 4 judges and a tally master. The judges will score contestants in three categories of the competition and a tally master will chart all the scores; having no part of the judging process. Every effort will be made to select judges from various parts of the community for their knowledge of the competing categories. The Artistic Director, bar managers, or bar owners, may serve as judges if non “related” competitors are running.
Contestants may request a copy of their scores and comments from the judges after the competition is completed by request to the Promoter. There will be 3 – 4 judges.
Piercing, showing of genitalia, anus, nipples for cis females, having large amounts of water (over ½ cup of fluid), live animals, real blood, fire, or fireworks are prohibited during any part of the competition. This is to prevent damage to the bar and cabaret, as well as prevent any hazards. Anus must be covered by at least 1 inch of material and must not be visible. Contestants must follow state regulations on exposure of body parts. Sight-impaired contestants requiring seeing-eye dogs or animals of assistance and any mobility aids must be “generally” accepted; mobility aids can be embellished if contestant desires. Lit cigarettes are prohibited. Do not bring outside drinks of any kind into the bar; drinks are also not to be removed from the bar. Contestants may use up to ½ cup of water in their presentation or performances. Explosive items of any kind are prohibited, except non-ignited confetti sticks or “flutter fetti.” Glitter is okay and glitter bombs (non-ignited) are okay. Balloons are also prohibited. Fecal, urine, vaginal excretions, excretions from any body part, body/blood plasma, spitting on the ground or other property and any other biohazards are not permitted. When in doubt, please consent with the promoter and Artistic Director of the competition in advance.
Must be 21+ with Valid ID, Local (within 90 miles of Albuquerque or if approved). Must hold title-related fundraising shows strictly at the home bar. Behavior must follow Cabaret standards, and titleholders must not use illegal substances and remain under DUI limits while representing the bar.
Title can be removed with good reason if cabaret standards are not maintained. When representing the title, titleholder should not wear other pageant, crown or scepter regalia of another pageant, title, competition or so forth. Titleholders should hold no more than 2 working titles (which require minimum amounts of fundraising) simultaneously. Working titles are those in which the title holder must raise a minimum amount per year. For example, a person should not be a monarch of an existing court, Pride titleholder and UCS Monarch Titleholder unless one of the titles expires within 3 months; usually such titles require a minimum amount to be raised. Contestant must be in good standing with Sidewinders Ranch and the Cabaret for at least 12 months prior to competition. Good standing means contestant must not have been banned.
To sign up, please fill out below. The form goes directly to the Artistic Director of the cabaret: